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Elementary Parent Cue Nov. 12-18


WEEK TWO:
MATTHEW 20:1-15
Parable of the Vineyard Workers
SAY THIS:
Adjust your attitude.
 
Key Question: What do you do when you don’t feel grateful? Kids will learn soon enough, that sometimes it’s hard to feel grateful. Through asking this question, we hope kids will come away with a plan to refocus on what really matters and discover how they can show gratitude. 
In Matthew 20:1-15, we’ll dig into a parable Jesus told one day about some vineyard workers. In the story, a few of the workers started making comparisons to what others were getting paid and became ungrateful and started complaining. Then, at the end of the day, they had a bad attitude because they thought it wasn’t fair.
Bottom Line: Adjust your attitude. We can change our whole outlook on life if we take the time to refocus and think about all that we’ve been given. We pray that kids will see their own life differently and discover all the ways they can show gratitude.

REMEMBER: This month we will be memorizing a whole scripture passage.  Check out Psalm 100 and help your kids practice.  They will earn rewards in InsideOut!

PSALM 100
1. Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  2. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.  3.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.  4. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.  5. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.
DO THIS:

MEAL TIME


Q & A for kids: What is something you can’t imagine living without? Who should you thank for that thing?
Q & A for parents: If you could go back in history and thank one person for something they did to help the world, who would it be?
REMEMBER THIS:
"Give thanks no matter what happens.
God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIrV
LIFE APP:  
GRATITUDE – Letting others know you see how they’ve helped you
NEWS:
We are adding a couple of procedures that you will notice and could directly affect you.
  • Fewer doors will be unlocked on Sundays and Wednesdays.  The following doors will remain locked:
    • West Multi-Purpose Building door
    • The double door entrance into the Preschool/Children’s area will be locked
      • If a greeter is not available at the door to let you in, there is an intercom located at the door, someone will let you in ASAP
    • The double door in the hallway between the Education Building and the Worship Center
    • The double door next the orchestra on the east side of the Worship Center
I realize this will be inconvenient until we all get accustomed to these entrances not being available.  I know that you understand the importance of security over convenience.
- Jill Fulghum
BLOG:

MAKING ROOM FOR THE MEMORIES

By Sarah Anderson

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. We’re on the cusp of all things holiday and fun. The festivals. The fairs. The pumpkin patches. And more holiday spectaculars are just around the corner. It’s the kick off to a magical—if not insane—season, made all the more magical and insane—with kids.
Not more than a few weeks ago, I was reminded of how magical and insane this time of year is. Our family had planned and attended so many “fun” things that particular weekend we turned into tired, cranky, sugar-assaulted, grumpy people.
I wanted to be the fun parents and to create memories. But with so much “fun” planned, we started running on less and less, our fuses getting shorter and shorter until it didn’t matter what we were doing. We were too exhausted and grumpy to enjoy it. Sound familiar?
And that’s when it hit me. When it comes to making memories, my kids are cataloguing more than the experience itself. They are taking note of the emotions that come along with them.
They see a stressed out mom. A tired dad. And they are living in sugar strung out bodies. I’m learning if I want to create good memories that last a lifetime, then I have to do more than just plan for the fun. We have to be present at a place to enjoy the fun. 
What that means for my family is something different than what it means for yours. For ours, it means sometimes we have to say NO . . .
. . . To some birthday parties, festivals, fairs, and holiday shenanigans.
Not because we are boring and straight-laced parents. We know to get the most out of an experience we have to bring the most into it. Our best.
When my kids remember their childhood. I want them to remember fun experiences. But I also want them to remember happy parents in those experiences. A mom who is at peace. A dad who is present. A family where stressed out wasn’t the norm.
Emotions make great memories, too. I want my kids to remember joy, peace, generosity, and gratitude during the holidays. Those only come when you give them space to flourish. So, we are sowing “no’s” now so we can reap the kind of memories we want to have later.
So figure out what matters to you. And make room for it.
 
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Elementary Parent Cue Nov. 5-11


WEEK ONE:
PSALM 100:1-5
A Psalm of Thanksgiving
Bible Point Week 1:
Celebrate what God has done.
 
Have you ever paused to think about everything God has done for you? He created a planet that’s perfectly suited for otters and ostriches and you. Then, He sent His Son, Jesus, to that planet to die and be raised to life so He could have a forever relationship with you. Through the month, we’ll help kids refocus on all that God has done for them. Because when you know what God has done for you, YOU CAN BE THANKFUL—ALWAYS.

This month we will be memorizing a whole scripture passage.  Check out Psalm 100 and help your kids practice.  They will earn rewards in InsideOut!

PSALM 100
1. Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  2. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.  3.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.  4. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.  5. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.

DO THIS:

MORNING TIME


Start the month by putting a sticky note somewhere in your home that mentions something you are grateful for. Tell your kids to be on the lookout for it and whoever is the first to find it, gets to hide the next sticky note about what they are thankful for the next day. Do this until everyone has had a turn finding the note and delivering it.
REMEMBER THIS:
"Give thanks no matter what happens.
God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIrV

 
LIFE APP:  
GRATITUDE – Letting others know you see how they’ve helped you
NEWS:
There will be no InsideOut on Wednesday, Nov. 22.  Enjoy time with your family!
BLOG:

THE QUESTION YOUR CHILD IS ASKING


This is an excerpt from the Phase Guides by Kristen Ivy and Reggie Joiner

Parenting is hard. Just when you think you understand your child, everything changes. And then you have to get reacquainted and figure out a new way to parent. It might be helpful to know that every kid at every phase is asking a unique and fundamental question. How you answer that question for your child will communicate the one thing they need most: LOVE.
Your elementary-aged child is asking, “Do I” Questions.
In kindergarten and first grade, kids are adjusting to lots of changes and trying many things for the first time, like going to school, riding the bus, or joining a team. With all the increased opportunities in these early years, your kindergartner or first grader is asking one major question: 
“DO I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION?” 
They need to know you see their efforts, their ideas, their accomplishments, and their failures. 
In second and third grade, kids are becoming increasingly self-aware, and they begin to compare themselves to others. They are asking this fundamental question:
“DO I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?”
They want to know they have what it takes to make the team, to get the grade, and to measure up to their own (and your) standards. 
In these early years of elementary school, your can give your child the love they need when you do one thing: 
ENGAGE their interests.  
When you engage their interests, you . . . 
communicate that their ideas have value,
show curiosity about their activities
establish that their efforts are significant, 
demonstrate that they are worth loving, 
help them push through set-backs.
You are probably doing more than you realize to show your child just how much you love them. Make a list of the ways you already show up consistently to engage your child’s interests.
 
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Elementary Parent Cue Oct. 29 - Nov. 4


WEEK FIVE:

MATTHEW 6:19-24
Treasures in Heaven
SAY THIS:

Live like you know what really matters.
DO THIS:

BED TIME


Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-7. Parents, brainstorm with your kid ways they could wisely give, save, or spend the money they have —whether it’s an allowance, money for doing chores, or birthday money. Choose at lease one thing to do this week. Then, together, ask God to help them make wise choices in how they use the money that He has given them.
REMEMBER THIS:
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much."
Luke 16:10a, NIV
LIFE APP:  
STEWARDSHIP – Taking care of what you have because it all belongs to God
NEWS
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SMILE
By Autumn Ward



When was the last time your kids heard you laugh uncontrollably? Watched you totally let go and have fun? If you can’t remember, don’t feel bad. You’re not alone.

If we all pulled back the curtain, we would probably see some pretty worn down parents. We’re running kids around, washing clothes, working jobs, managing homes, paying bills, cutting grass… doing all the stuff we have to do. Then, when the time comes to have a little fun, we’re content to just sit in a chair and watch.

Maybe we watch because we’re tired. Or because that’s what our parents did with us. Or that’s just kind of our personality. Whatever the reason, I want to encourage you to get out of the chair.

Draw with your kids on the driveway with sidewalk chalk.
Do cannonballs into the pool.
Turn up the music and dance in the living room.
Jump waves at the beach.
Throw the ball.
Sing along to the radio.
Jump in the leaves.
Be the first to tell a joke.
And please ride the roller coaster.

Imagine a memory box sitting in your kids’ hearts. . .




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Elementary Parent Cue Oct. 22-28

Key Question: How can you best use your money? They may not have a lot of it, but kids this age are starting to have some “pocket money” of their own. And even if they don’t, now is a perfect time to set a foundation of stewardship related to how we use the money we have in a way that honors God. This week we talk about the principles of giving, saving, and spending, so when they ask themselves this question, they’ll have a perfect starting point to make wise choices with their money throughout their lives.
A huge way we can use our money wisely is by how we give some away to help others. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give . . . God loves a cheerful giver, (NIrV). We have opportunities every day to spend money on all sorts of things and experiences. But what if we looked at our money differently? What if we looked at money through the eyes of stewardship and saw that how we use our money reflects how we take care of what God has given to us.
Bottom Line: Use your money wisely. One of the best ways we can use our money is to give some away and allow God to something amazing with it. We’ll help kids figure out ways then can give, save and spend their money wisely.

WEEK FOUR:

2 CORINTHIANS 9:97
God Loves a Cheerful Giver
SAY THIS:

Use your money wisely.
DO THIS:

BED TIME


Read Matthew 25:14-30. God has given us all “stuff.” Talk about all that you, as a family, have. Bottom line, what matters to God is how you choose to use those things. Brainstorm some ways that you could use the things you talked about wisely. Pray that you will remember throughout each day to use the “stuff” God has given to show love to God and others.
Memory Verse

"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much."Luke 16:10a, NIV

LIFE APP:  
STEWARDSHIP – Taking care of what you have because it all belongs to God
NEWS
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Maker Fun Fall Fest is canceled.  We encourage you and your family to get involved in Trunk or Treat or your school's fall festivals. 
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FAMILY TRADITIONS
By Reggie Joiner



What does your family do during the holidays? How important do you think it is to establish traditions for your family that become memories? There is an intrinsic value in creating traditions for your children. Experts claim that good traditions are healthy for kids.

• Traditions can give children a sense of security.
It is important to establish some things for your family that will be consistent when everything else is constantly changing.

• Traditions can build a bond between family members.
Spending quality time together with extended family during strategic times can have the potential to nurture important relationships.

• Traditions can remind everyone they are connected to a bigger story.
They are actually a great time for storytelling. You can tell your kids stories about them when they were younger that they forgot. Your parents will probably tell your children stories about you that you would rather them not know. But there is an unusual power in a child hearing the stories that connect them to a bigger family.

• Traditions are a strategic opportunity to communicate the value of family.
Here are a few traditions my parents handed down to me:

Every summer, we would spend a week on the farm where my mom grew up. . .




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